In more than 320 Catholic climate strikes worldwide, young Catholics marched and prayed on September 20 to demand urgent action in the fight against climate change. As church bells rang in solidarity, the young Catholics — from the Philippines, Ecuador, the USA, Mexico, Pakistan, Ireland and elsewhere — joined four million marchers in climate strikes the world over.
The marchers were acting on Pope Francis’ call for young people “to go out to the streets … and in the name of God, defend Mother Earth!” As thousands took bold leadership to do so, they were often joined by older Catholics who came to provide intergenerational support.
Among the marchers in the Philippines was Maria Lourdes Guinto, a parishioner at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Quezon City. Maria, the mother of three millennial-age sons, is a GCCM collaborator. In an interview with the National Catholic Reporter newspaper, she said it was important to show how her faith can inspire Catholics and non-Catholics like to care for creation. “This planet is co-shared with every single being,” she said, “thus each has a responsibility to contribute to its maintenance.”